Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Prince Albert of Monaco is set to visit Mayo tomorrow.

He will be unveilling a specially commissioned sculpture of his late mother, Princess Grace, in Newport.

The sculpture is located on Castlebar Street, at the entrance to Newport’s landmark seven arch viaduct.

In 2019, Newport Business Association initiated the idea of celebrating Newport as ‘The Town of the Two Graces’ – Grainne Uaile (Grace O’Malley) from the 16th century and Grace Kelly from the 20th century.

It was decided to commission sculptures of these two iconic women, who have such strong links with the town.

Princess Grace’s ancestors hailed from Drimurla, just outside Newport, and both the princess and her son have visited the area.

Princess Grace died at the age of 52 in Monaco in 1982 from injuries sustained in a car crash.

The statue of Grainne Uaile, the pirate queen, is due to be unveiled later this year.

Prince Albert personally selected the final image for the sculpture of Princess Grace.

The event will be open to the public and reception will follow in Hotel Newport.

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